Lighting will help to boost the production value of your vlogs. The quality of light that you get on your face is very important. A larger softer source is actually the best option. Many people get smaller lights, but they are too harsh and too directional. I really like larger sources because it gives you a more well-rounded look. So let’s talk about how we can set up some good lights.
We’ve got Natalia (@bergernaty) here with us today as our model. Now, this first setup is really simple, just turn your whole setup to face the window that has outside light. We have this beautiful natural light that hits her face. The only problem with window light is that the light changes as the sun goes down.
We got our Ring Light, Boltzen Cassiopeia Slim Folding Daylight 125 Watt Ring Light LED from CAME-TV, you can get yours here.
Main reason I’m a huge fan of the ring light is that it’s a controllable light source, which means I can shoot whenever I want!
Another thing that really helps with the ring light is that it’s a large size, which creates a large soft area and it’s softened on the front. You don’t want a light that has hard direct LED lights, but you want to look for something that has diffusion all the way around.
Also, this ring light is a very thin and small format, whereas a softbox is going to take up a lot of space and harder to set up. Overall, an easy light to work with because of the ease of the setup and just it’s lightness.
The third option is that you can use it to bounce light off the wall. Instead of bouncing it just at the wall, we are using the V-Flat World Foldable V-Flat, which helps to bounce more light because it’s just plain white.
So if we take the large ring light to bounce light, it’s going to open up the room a lot more. When we take a look at the footage, it gives us a lot of wrap. Wrap is when light is distributed equally in all directions.
Doing Green Screen
This green screen is very close to her because we are using the ring light to light her face and the screen, so it comes from the same light source. There is a little shadow that her body is casting onto the screen. However, it’s a soft enough shadow that it should key out without any problem.
There you have it, 4 different ways to light yourself in a vlog studio setup or if you need to do a computer skype call. In order to increase the production value of your vlogs and also just look good on camera, you need to get a good light source on your face. Preferably, a large big soft source like a ring light!
CAME-TV Boltzen Cassiopeia Slim Folding Daylight 125 Watt Ring Light LED
V-Flat World Foldable V-Flat
Aputure Amaran AL-H198 On-Camera LED Light